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Searcy Neurosurgeon Accused of Taking Kickbacks Gets Trial Delay

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Searcy neurosurgeon has received a delay in his trial on federal charges of defrauding the government.

A grand jury indicted Dr. Patrick Chan in October 2006.  Chan is accused of receiving kickbacks for medical equipment paid for by Medicare and Medicaid.  Chan also has three pending civil lawsuits against him.

Chan was arrested by FBI agents after he allegedly asked a medical equipment salesman to split his commission on medical products.

Trial was to have begun Monday, but a sealed order by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright postponed the start until January 14.

Details weren't released on the reason for the delay.

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